The genesis of Ōrākei Health started in the 1970’s from the desire of our Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei kuia (elderly women) and kaumātua (elderly men) to manaaki (look after) and tiaki (care for) our whānau (family). It started during the times of Aunty Ruby, Aunty Puawai, Aunty Josie, Aunty Alice, Uncle Hapi, Aunty Anne and many others.
It started in a small prefab at the back of the Ōrākei Marae with social services. Then in the 1990’s we opened Tumanako House, named after the kuia Tumanako (known as Aunty Hope) and by virtue of its name, a place of hope.
"We needed to have a look at the needs of our people and how we can help... we were able to get Tumanako house for the purpose of setting up a Whare Ora (House of health) so we can get into the hauora of our people."
Puna (Danny) Tumahai
Thirty years later, we continue their legacy and commitment to health and wellbeing, extending into primary care and community development. Ōrākei Health offers services at an affordable low-cost service with qualified and experienced staff.
Ōrākei Health is evolving to rethink the patient experience that elevates whānau and their health and wellbeing underpinned by kaupapa Māori. We want to be able to address different patient needs and focus on health education, personalisation, connection and support for any decisions.
MEET OUR TEAM
Dr Michael Courtenay
Lead General Practitioner
Dr Jeffrey Garon
Dr Maree Park
RN Sarah Wright
Lead Practice Nurse
RN Huifang Geng
RN Irene Wieringa
RN Maree Curle
Lead Reception & Administration
Community Service Provider
Health Improvement Practitioner